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taffy078 Security passwords / Yahoo mail server compromised??
Contributor 14th Mar, 2013 08:28
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BTYahoo is a huge UK mail provider. Many of its customers have had their mail account stolen, in effect. The cause appears (I don't want them to sue me) to be that the Yahoo server itself has been compromised. it also appears that this happened to them in New Zealand two years ago. Someone in the STates has mentioned it happened there too.

Interesting (and worrying) threads are here
http://community.bt.com/t5/Other-BB-Queries/BT-ema... and here
http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/20101...

But my main reason for creating this thread is to pass on excellent advice from Bill Pytlovany, (he of WinPatrol fame amongst other things) on creating passwords, especially for your on-line banking.

His article is here
http://billpstudios.blogspot.com/2013/02/banking-s...

I particularly like "Name your Favourite Book". His answer? "Jokes for the John"!

I hope this will help others as much as it has helped me. Maurice too has given me excellent advice on passwords - updating them etc.

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taffy078 RE: Security passwords / Yahoo mail server compromised??
Contributor 16th Mar, 2013 08:22
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Last edited on 16th Mar, 2013 08:23
THis has hotted up - it's not just BT customers in the UK that have lost their accounts. The Yahoo servers in New Zealand and the USA have also been attacked (Edit) at around the same time and not two years ago as I said earlier.

Here's an IT professional magazine's take on it, including exactly how it happened and how much the perpetrator got paid for hacking in in the first place. Sick barsteward.

http://www.iitp.org.nz/newsletter/article/414

There's advice there on what users should do and it also points the finger at ISPs and their poor security..

The BT forum article is here: http://community.bt.com/t5/Other-BB-Queries/BT-ema...



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